Group Leader – Statistical Genetics or Genomics
Parkville, Australia
a competitive salary package

Group Leader – Statistical Genetics or Genomics

Who we are?

The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) is home to significant scientific discoveries. We believe there is an answer, a cure or a better treatment for every childhood condition — and we’re determined to find it. We are a diverse team of world-leading researchers, doctors, engineers, and hardworking professionals in corporate and scientific services from all corners of the world with one shared goal — to transform child health worldwide. Our strength lies in our partnership and co-location with The Royal Children’s Hospital and the University of Melbourne — the Melbourne Children’s Campus. This rare model amplifies opportunities to quickly translate research into clinical care. At MCRI, you’ll also find our subsidiary organisation, the Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (VCGS), a specialist childhood, prenatal and adult genetics service. VCGS provides an integrated genetic consultation, counselling, testing and diagnostic support service to children, adults, families and prospective parents. Together, we share a powerful vision: re-imagine the future of child health.

Centre for Population Genomics

This position is based in the Centre for Population Genomics (CPG), a joint initiative of MCRI and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research (Garvan) in Sydney.

CPG’s vision is a world in which genomic information enables comprehensive disease prediction, accurate diagnosis and effective therapeutics for all people. CPG’s purpose is to establish respectful partnerships with diverse communities, collect and analyse genomic data at transformative scale and drive genomic discovery and equitable genomic medicine in Australia.

The CPG is led by experts in community engagement, software development, genomic analysis and project management. Director Daniel MacArthur previously served as the co-director of Medical and Population Genetics at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, where he led the development of the Genome Aggregation Database (gnomAD), the largest and most widely used collection of human DNA sequencing data in the world.

About the Position

The Group Leader will establish and lead a high-performing research team within the Centre for Population Genomics at MCRI. The research team will integrate within the Centre and the Institute and the research goals of the team will be aligned with those of the Centre and the Institute. The incumbent will address important questions in their area of research interest through individual effort and through the development of collaborations both within and outside the institute. The research team will focus on the broad domain of statistical genetics, including the development and application of novel statistical approaches to large-scale data sets of human genetic and functional genomic data. Over the initial 5-year appointment, the team will have access to large data sets generated at MCRI from paediatric cohorts, ultimately extending to the GenV cohort, which is expected to incorporate genotype, sequencing, and clinical data from over 250,000 individuals.

Your responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    • Establishing an independent research program focused on the development and application of statistical methods to large-scale genomic data;
    • Leading a team conducting a significant, innovative and internationally competitive research program to achieve research goals;
    • Collaborating on research activities across the Centre and Institute, and contributing to the development of the overall research strategy for the Centre;
    • Recruiting, mentoring, and managing scientific trainees and professional staff, ensuring a safe environment for employees, and actively nurturing their career growth and performance;
    • Producing high-quality scientific outputs that contribute to the development of the field, including publications, open-source software, and accessible data sets and resources;
    • Leading fund-raising activities to support the group’s research program, including the development of competitive grants, and engagement with potential philanthropic donors and industry partners;
    • Contributing to the culture of the Institute by participating in seminars, committee meetings, public relations and fundraising activities; and
    • Overseeing the financial management of the research group and maintaining compliance with regulatory, commercial, and ethical requirements.

Your required background will include:

    • PhD in a relevant area of medical research
    • Relevant experience in research leadership
    • Consistent record of high-quality publication and achievement of a body of research
    • Demonstrated record of success in securing independent research funding
    • Advanced interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal) to gain cooperation and influence others in achieving scientific goals and building collaboration
    • Experience in developing research strategy and measures to monitor success
    • Reputation at a National / International level as an outstanding researcher
    • Collaborative research experience.
    • Networked within the scientific and health research communities.
    • Commitment to attracting and developing research talent, and to supervision, development and performance management of staff and students.
    • Ability to operate under the Institute’s policies and procedures.
    • Possess a variety of skills and traits important for success in an impact-focused research environment:
    • be highly motivated.
    • possess an innovative approach to problem solving.
    • be a strategic thinker in relation to both scientific and organisational matters.
    • have well-developed organisational abilities and be able to delegate and problem solve.
    • have a strong commitment to quality and be capable of routinely high-quality work.
    • have excellent communication skills for written reports and oral presentations.
    • demonstrate a capacity to work cooperatively with other teams.

What’s in it for you:

    • 5 Year Contract Available – Full Time
    • Attractive Salary Depending $130-$175k (depending on experience) + Super + Salary Packaging
    • Flexible working options also available.
    • The opportunity to work on and contribute to projects that change lives.
    • Be part of a happy team of people who like what they do and are passionate about making a difference.

Apply Now!!

For a full list of responsibilities and the key selection criteria download the position description.

Applications should include a full CV and a summary of their prior research achievements and future research plans (up to 4 pages), as well as contact details of three referees as one document only. Short-listed candidates will be invited to present an institute-wide seminar and to meet with members of the Centre for Population Genomics and MCRI leadership team.

For specific questions not answered in the PD please contact Daniel MacArthur

Click apply to proceed with your application.

Closing Date: 21 July 2021

Position Reference: 28393

On occasions where we receive a large number of applications, we may close the advert ahead of the publicised closing date. We would therefore advise that you submit your completed application as soon as possible.

MCRI is a proud member of the Australian Network on Disability. Should you require any specific support or adjustments please talk to us and we will be happy to accommodate.

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